Center for Michigan Founder and Chairman Phil Power was the owner of HomeTown Communications Network, Inc., a group of 64 community newspapers in Michigan and the Upper Midwest that together won more state and national awards for excellence than any other group in the country. He sold his newspapers in 2005 and founded The Center in 2006. Power graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan in 1960, where he was editorial director of the student newspaper, the Michigan Daily. He was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University in 1962-64. The former U-M Regent helped found the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and served as Vice Chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 13, 2018 | Phil Power
There are risks in any sudden and hasty attempts to radically impose change on a system that has served Michigan pretty well over the years.
January 30, 2018 | Phil Power
Public revulsion at the nakedly partisan nonsense in Lansing and Washington has grown so strongly that it's possible there might emerge an opening for a bipartisan effort to undo our deadlocked democracy.
January 22, 2018 | Phil Power
The Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine are devoting 2018 to making Michigan residents the best informed, most factually grounded electorate in our history. Check out what we’re doing.
January 9, 2018 | Phil Power
If we focus solely on candidates’ backgrounds and policy positions, we won’t learn enough about how they are likely to behave in office.
December 5, 2017 | Phil Power
Our national culture trumps political correctness every time.
November 28, 2017 | Phil Power
Bridge is expanding watchdog coverage of the capitol, fact-checking political ads, and adding unbiased environmental reporting. Your support is critical to our nonpartisan mission.
November 13, 2017 | Phil Power
The Republican-led Legislature just passed a bill that would make it easier for oceangoing vessels to dump ballast water (along with invasive species) into the Great Lakes. Will Gov. Snyder sign it?
November 7, 2017 | Phil Power
The University of Michigan Medical School is teaming with public health officials and insurers to curtail doctors who overprescribe opioids for pain, leading to addiction and abuse.
October 24, 2017 | Phil Power
His premature death leaves a sadly diminished group of Michigan leaders devoted to nonpartisan ideas for improving our state’s future.
September 19, 2017 | Phil Power
Michigan’s public education system is so disjointed that it’s impossible to know who to hold accountable. Lose the school board and make the governor responsible for turning around our state’s declining schools.
September 12, 2017 | Phil Power
Michigan is now an educational backwater, for wealthy white kids along with poor students of color. But Lansing is more focused on tax breaks than our children’s economic future.
July 25, 2017 | Phil Power
The university’s commitment to top-flight research and activism is celebrated by an alum who bleeds maize and blue.
July 17, 2017 | Phil Power
The memories of the burning and looting remain deeply engraved as a cautionary tale of how things can go south so quickly